Have a look at the Pollen Count chart below to find out what the pollen count in Aberdeen is today, and scroll through the next few days for a forecast of what's coming. The chart also highlights the levels of different types of pollen: grass, trees (birch, cypress, oak, plane and sweet chestnut) and weeds.
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Scotland’s Granite City, Aberdeen, is well known for its oil industry. It is also rich in history and beautiful architecture. The University of Aberdeen is one of the oldest Universities in Britain, dating back to the 1400s, and its buildings, as well as the impressive Marischal College building, are some of the city’s oldest and most impressive.
Though commonly referred to as the Grey City, Aberdeen still retains a number of green spaces. The good news is that rain helps wash away pollen from the air, and Aberdeen sees a lot of rain! Depending on wind direction, Aberdeen can also see wind blowing in from the sea, which brings fresh, pollen-free air to the city.
As with any city, pollen that causes hayfever symptoms comes from trees, grass and weeds. Aberdeen has a number of each, though perhaps slightly less than other cities, meaning that hopefully the pollen levels here will be slightly lower.
Scots pine and birch are native to this area, but as the city has developed over the years new species have been introduced, such as elm and sycamore in the 18th century, as well as oak, rowan, lime and horse chestnut, among countless others throughout the city’s history.
As with any city, green spaces and parks usually create a hotspot for grass and tree pollen, so they are generally best avoided, especially on high pollen count days. The areas to avoid in Aberdeen on high pollen count days include:
Union Terrace Gardens. This modest two and a half acre park sits in the city centre, and contains a floral crest of the city’s coat of arms. The centre of the park is a green, grassy space, while its edges are lined with trees
Seaton Park. With its lovely combination of grass, trees, flowerbeds and floral shrubs, this is a popular tranquil space for the local people as well as students, as it is situated close to the University of Aberdeen
Victoria Park. This small but beautiful park contains a granite water fountain, as well as a number of deciduous trees, shrubs, flowers and grassy areas
Westburn Park. Situated right next to Victoria park, Westburn Park provides a large area of open grassland, some trees, two ponds and a stream (or burn, as it’s called in Scotland)
Duthie Park. This 44 acre park was refurbished in 2013, and boasts a boating pond, tropical greenhouse, Japanese garden, and bandstand as well as large open spaces, trees and flower beds.
Aberdeen is a rich and exciting city with plenty to do. Its city centre is packed full of bars, shops and restaurants, so makes a good location for a wander. Other things to do in Aberdeen during hayfever season include:
Getting some retail therapy. There are a number of shopping centres in Aberdeen, all within short walking distance of each other. Union Square contains a huge number of shops, restaurants, cafés and even a cinema, so you’ll find plenty to do here. And if that isn’t enough, the Trinity Centre is just across the road, and the nearby Bon Accord & St Nicholas centre has even more shops
If you’re looking for some thrills, head over to Cadona’s Amusement Park where you’ll find a number of exciting rides, a log flume, mini golf, dodgems, 10 pin bowling and much more. Bear in mind that a lot of the rides are outside, but being close to the sea, the air should be relatively pollen free
Speaking of the sea, take a trip to the beach! Many people find that their symptoms ease at the seaside, and this is because the wind coming off the sea is clean and pollen free. Located just 5 miles from Aberdeen, Balmedie beach provides the perfect spot to grab some fresh air
The Aberdeen Science Centre, also known as Satrosphere, is a fun and fascinating trip for all the family. Explore the world of science, take part in workshops or go and see an expert give a presentation
Holland & Barrett usually stock our hayfever products, or you can try your local health store. Grampian Health can be found on Market Street, just off Union Street, Nature’s Larder is on Holburn Street or Michael Wood Pharmacy can be found in Rosemount, and these may all stock our hayfever products.
What you eat can have a dramatic effect on your hayfever symptoms. While anti-inflammatory and natural anti-histamine foods can help control your symptoms, foods containing dairy and foods rich in sugar can actually make them worse.